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Updated statistics on the use of 30 hours released

Experimental statistics on the use of 30 hours free childcare in the first term of national rollout, from September to December 2017. It follows the ad-hoc statistical notice ’30 hours free childcare: eligibility codes issued and validated’, published in September 2017.

Updated statistics correct as of 13 December 2017:

  Eligibility codes issued Codes validated Codes validated (%)
Autumn term '17 224,885 210,863 94%
Spring term '18  305,691  224,988  74%

Liz Bayram, Chief Executive of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) comments:

“The latest data on parental take up of 30 hours of funded early education places portrays a mixed picture. Whilst is it positive that the majority of parents with eligibility codes accessed their funded place, a significant number of families were unable to do so. The variation of take-up between different local authorities demands further investigation by the DfE before the spring term when the number of eligible children is expected to increase significantly.

“PACEY knows from its members that in some local authorities funding levels for providers are reasonable, payment is made monthly and there is no unnecessary red tape to overcome. Yet in other authorities some or all of these issues have to be overcome. Much more still needs to be done to ensure families can access their funded hours and providers can offer these places whilst still sustaining their businesses. Improved funding levels, monthly payments and reduced red tape remain key to success and PACEY will continue to raise these issues with national and local government.”

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